The Selected Poems Wang Wei

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The Selected Poems  by  Wang Wei

The Selected Poems by Wang Wei
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Wang Wei (701-761 C.E.) is often spoken of, with his contemporaries Li Po and Tu Fu, as one of the three greatest poets in Chinas 3,000-year poetic tradition. Of the three, Wang was the consummate master of the short imagistic landscape poem thatMoreWang Wei (701-761 C.E.) is often spoken of, with his contemporaries Li Po and Tu Fu, as one of the three greatest poets in Chinas 3,000-year poetic tradition.

Of the three, Wang was the consummate master of the short imagistic landscape poem that came to typify classical Chinese poetry. He developed a nature poetry of resounding tranquility wherein deep understanding goes far beyond the words on the page—a poetics that can be traced to his assiduous practice of Chan (Zen) Buddhism.

But in spite of this philosophical depth, Wang is not a difficult poet. Indeed, he may be the most immediately appealing of Chinas great poets, and in Hintons masterful translations he sounds utterly contemporary. Many of his best poems are incredibly concise, composed of only twenty words, and they often turn on the tiniest details: a birds cry, a splinter of light on moss, an egrets wingbeat. Such imagistic clarity is not surprising since Wang was also one of Chinas greatest landscape painters.

This is a breathtaking poetry, one that in true Zen fashion renders the ten thousand things of this world in such a way that they empty the self even as they shimmer with the clarity of their own self-sufficient identity.



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